Crochet,  Knitting

#MittenMission

 

bothLast year I contributed to Masato Beanies #Scarfathon. The appeal collected 500 hand-made scarfs for the homeless. The project continues this year and has a new addition #MittenMission.

Mittens are a great way to use up your stash (at least that’s my hope) and these are a nice portable project now my Solar System CAL is getting to big to carry around.

The Masato team and Granny’s Fireside have provided a couple of knitted mitten patterns here¬†but I’m reproducing the simpliest one below with a little more detail for my own convenience/reference.

1

I’ve dropped to 7 mm needles making the knit it a little snugger and still working with 2 strands DK.

  • Cast on 26 stitches
  • Work rib; knit 1, purl 1 for 10 cm (4 inches) – 18 rows
  • Work stocking stitch; 1 row knit, 1 row purl for another 5 cm (2 inches) – 9 rows
  • Work rib for another 5 cm (2 inches) – 9 rows
  • Cast off

Dimensions of mitten – 15 cm (6 inches) wide by 21 cm (8 inches) long

2

Sew sides together along ribbed work, leaving stocking stitch section for thumb hole.

Next up to make a crocheted version

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To get a stretchy rib I’ll be working in the back loop only and as I want it to go vertical and not horizontal I’ll need to work a foundation chain equal to the length of the mitten (21 cm) and then crochet enough rows to complete the width/diameter (15 cm).

  • Foundation chain – 21
  • Skip first chain, double crochet to end (20 stitches)
  • For next 18 rows: Chain 1, double crochet in back loop only to end (20 stitches)

You can then either cast off and sew the mitten together OR

  • joinDouble crochet into foundation chain for 10 stitches,
  • then slip stitch next 5,
  • finish by double crocheting last 5 stitches.
  • Finish off, weave in ends.